The four-day Pride Fort Lauderdale celebration opens on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. with a glamorous runway fashion show at the Hard Rock Event Center at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. Tickets start at $27 and are on sale now.
The star-studded fashion show, hosted by “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 4 All-Star Naomi Smalls, fashion guru Carson Kresley (“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”) and featuring creative garments by talented “Project Runway” alumni designers, will showcase male, female, transgender and drag models sashaying across the runway in avant garde outfits. Music will be provided by equally outrageous drag DJ Power Infiniti.
Fashionistas are invited to arrive early at 7 p.m. for an exclusive trunk show where they can meet the designers and purchase one-of-a-kind couture garments. A cash bar will also be available, along with a silent auction and 50/50 raffle to benefit Pride Fort Lauderdale.
“We couldn’t think of a better way to get the party started,” said Pride Fort Lauderdale President Miik Martorell. “Fashion has always been an interest to the LGBT+ community and our Pride Runway Fashion Show provides an opportunity to spotlight the diversity of our community. That’s why we’re featuring designers who are LGBT+ and straight allies, and putting out a public casting call for male, female, transgender and drag models to participate.”
Pride will hold a public casting call for male, female, transgender, drag and nonbinary models on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Terrace Ballroom B at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Models of all ages and body types are encouraged to audition.
Tickets for the Pride Runway Fashion Show cost $67, $47 and $27. All seats are reserved and available at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.MyHRL.com, www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone 1-800-745-3000. Additional fees may apply.
About Pride Fort Lauderdale
Pride Fort Lauderdale, the oldest Pride organization in Florida, celebrates its 42nd anniversary in 2019. The first festivals, organized as Pride South Florida, were protests, born out of the successful 1977 referendum campaign waged by entertainer and evangelical activist Anita Bryant to overturn a historic gay civil rights bill passed in Miami-Dade County. In 2017, Pride Fort Lauderdale moved to Fort Lauderdale Beach and in 2019, the organization will host the first parade in city history on SR A1A along the beach. For more information, go to www.PrideFortLauderdale.org.
About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood is the flagship casino resort of Hard Rock International, owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. It isa world-renowned entertainment, gaming and hospitality destination that features a AAA Four Diamond-rated luxury hotel; expansive gaming offerings including first-in-class slots, high-stakes table games and South Florida’s premier poker room; spa and fitness center; award-winning dining and nightlife; and the popular Hard Rock Event Center which hosts A-list entertainers, comedy and sporting events. A $1.5 billion expansion slated to open in fall 2019 will bring 638 luxury guestrooms to a first-ever, iconic, guitar-shaped hotel and 168 upscale guest accommodations in an adjacent hotel tower overlooking a lush, “Bora Bora” style, private cabana environment; a 41,000 square-foot Rock Spa®; a 13.5 acre recreational water-focused experience for sunbathing, swimming, kayaking, sailing and paddle boarding; 30 distinctive restaurants, bars and lounges; an expanded gaming floor featuring 3,000 slots, 193 table games and a 46-table poker room; 120,000 square feet of premier meeting and convention space; and 21,000 square feet of new retail space. The highly anticipated 6,500 seat Hard Rock Live theater-styleconcert venue will feature headline performances and live broadcast capabilities. The resort is located on 87 acres of the Hollywood SeminoleReservation along State Road 7, (U.S. Highway 441). The resort is 10 minutes from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and 30 minutes from downtown Miami and Miami International Airport. For more information, visit us online at www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com, call 800-937-0010 or follow us: Facebook: SeminoleHardRockHollywood, Twitter: @HardRockHolly, Instagram: @HardRockHolly.